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Coronavirus: Calls for government to plan public inquiry


The government must set out plans for an inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the health service ombudsman has said.

This was not about blaming staff but about "learning lessons", he said.

Ombudsman Rob Behrens said patients were reporting concerns about cancelled cancer treatment and incorrect Covid-19 test results.

Ministers have not committed to holding an inquiry, but have accepted there are lessons to be learned.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) stopped investigating complaints against the NHS on 26 March, to allow it to focus on tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.

But people had continued to phone ...


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